Bach Bash from 2017. Photo by Lysiane Boulva.
On June 2nd, we welcomed advanced students and professional musicians to the 2018/19 annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (TBSI), a two-week intensive course in baroque repertoire and performance practice. The participants and faculty take on a busy and varied daily schedule that includes masterclasses, orchestra and choir rehearsals, chamber ensembles, private lessons, dance classes, opera scene study, and an array of lectures and workshops. On top of all of this, they also perform in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival. We started counting and we noticed some impressive numbers.
18th year of Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. The first Summer Institute was in 2002.
90 participants in this season's TBSI.
6 continuo assistants.
24 faculty, which includes members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, Opera Atelier, and long-time friends of Tafelmusik, soprano Ann Monoyios and baritone Peter Harvey.
We have welcomed participants from 63 countries since 2012. This year, we have participants who have come from all across Canada (Newfoundland to BC) and the US (Florida to California, Washington State to Connecticut, & Alaska), Japan, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Australia, Ireland, England, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico. See the full list below.
All the flags of the represented countries are put on display during the Festival's Grand Finale concert.
Photo by Andrew Eusebio.
16 orchestra rehearsals
14 choir rehearsals
Orchestra Director Elisa Citterio and Choir Director Ivars Taurins leading rehearsal. Photos by Lysiane Boulva.
9 baroque dance classes, lead by Opera Atelier's co-artistic director, Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg.
7 opera workshops, lead by Opera Atelier's co-artistic director, Marshall Pynkoski.
Participants in an opera workshop from 2018. Photo by Lysiane Boulva.
Double Bass: 8
Viola d’amore: 8
93 chamber ensemble rehearsals
Members of the first TBSI Viola d'Amore workshop in 2017. Photo by Lysiane Boulva.
Over 12 classrooms
3 teaching studios
3 rehearsal halls
16 harpsichords and 3 chamber organs
1 Bach Bash. Each year during TBSI, the faculty and participants sight read of one of J.S. Bach's Passions.
5 public concerts in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival. These concerts feature faculty and participants of TBSI.
1,248 alumni from 2002 to 2018 (1,353 after this year).